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Who knows fifteen?

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Fifteen are the extra years added to King Chizkiyahu's lifetime, after his sincere prayer and resolution to fulfill Hashem's command to marry and bear children (II Kings 20:6 and Isaiah 38:5; Talmud, Berachos 10a).

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    How would you sing that? – Joshua Pearl Jun 5 '15 at 16:03
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Fifteen are the women who exempt their co-wives. (Mishna Yevamot 1:1)

(from Yibum and Chalitza)

  • You could sing this one to the rhythm. – Shalom Apr 14 '10 at 13:28
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Fifteen was the depth (in cubits) of the Flood waters above the mountaintops (Gen. 7:20) - or according to R' Yehudah (Bereishis Rabbah 32:17), all over the world.

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Fifteen years old to start learning Talmud. (Avot 5:24)

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Fifteen is the date of holidays in five of the twelve months.

Or, according to some, six.

And sometimes seven of thirteen.

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Fifteen are the steps from the azarah to the ezras Kohanim.

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Fifteen are the Shirei HaMa'alos.

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There are 15 Simanim at the Seder. Kadesh, Urchatz........

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Fifteen are the unintelligent people it takes to make a minyan:

Hosheea es amecha uvarech es nachalesecha urem urem urem urem venasem urem venasem ad olam

(Yes, this is a joke.)

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With Fifteen (the gematria of the name Yud-Heh) He formed the worlds.

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15 are the days S'faradim are not sad during the Omer.

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15 is the day of the month of Iyar that the Manna began to fall for the Jews in the desert.

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Chamisha Asar B'Omer always comes out on Rosh Chodesh

  • ...as does Shisha Asar. – Alex Jan 18 '11 at 19:09
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    Put it in as an answer at Shisha Asar. – Gershon Gold Jan 18 '11 at 19:38
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    @Alex, not once we have kidush hachodesh, bb"a. – msh210 Jul 10 '12 at 19:40
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    @msh ... al pi eidim ... – Double AA Jan 30 '14 at 0:58
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Shemos 27:14 The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.

Shemot 27:15 And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.

Vayikra 27:7 And if it be from sixty years old and above; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.

Hoshea 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen silver, and an omer of barley, and a half omer of barley:

Yeshayahu 38:5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith HaShem, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

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1- Fifteen generations from Abraham to King Solomon; then fifteen generations from Solomon until the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash.

2- There were fifteen who ruled Israel as judges

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[Midrash Rabbah - Bereishis 97] The tribes are enumerated fifteen times in the Torah [together].

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Shemot 25 [Fifteen things were given as donations toward the construction of the Mishkan:] [3] ...gold, and silver, and brass, [4] And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, [5] And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood, [6] Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, 7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.

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Fifteen is the fifteen expressions in the berachah of Ha-Tov ve-ha-Meitiv (לחן ולחסד ולרחמים ולרוח הצלה והצלחה ברכה וישועה נחמה פרנסה וכלכלה ורחמים וחיים ושלום וכל טוב), which correspond to:

  1. the fifteen meals of the week (2 each day and 3 on Shabbos);
  2. the fifteen words in the pasuk קדושים תהיו;
  3. the fifteen appearances of the word שירה in Chamishah Chumshei Torah;
  4. the fifteen appearances of the word שמחה in Chamishah Chumshei Torah;
  5. the fifteen names of God in the Aseret Ha-Dibrot;
  6. the fifteen names of God in Va-Yosha and Az Yashir;
  7. the fifteen words of Birkat Kohanim;
  8. the fifteen times the root למד appears in Devarim;
  9. the fifteen years required for Talmud study;
  10. the fifteen times the word Kavod appears in Yechezkel;
  11. the fifteen mizmorim in Tehillim following the order of the alef beis;
  12. the fifteen praises in the pasuk לך ה' הגדולה;
  13. the fifteen praises for the Torah in the mizmor תורת ה' תמימה;
  14. the fifteen שיר המעלות;
  15. the fifteen years that the three Avot overlapped in this world.

Source: פירוש ברכת המזון למוהר"ן שפירא.

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